Victoria Labalme – Renowned Communications Strategist and Hall of Fame Speaker.
Attendees at the National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES) in March are likely to get a lightning bolt of inspiration the very first day, when renowned communications end entertainment expert Victoria Labalme gives the keynote address.
National RES 2013, March 11th-14th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, promises to present myriad insights and opportunities to benefit businesses across Indian Country. Informative talks and panel discussions, a dynamic Business Tradeshow, an expanded Procurement Expo, and countless networking opportunities are the staples. Beyond that signature fare, a stellar lineup of speakers will deliver unique insights that, if employed, could help transform everyday business into extraordinary success.
Labalme has coached Fortune 100 executives at Microsoft, Starbucks, McDonalds, Oracle, Intel, Verizon and many other corporations. She delivered a keynote address at the first Regional Reservation Economic Summit in Tulsa, Oklahoma (RES Oklahoma) last fall, and she’ll be giving the opening keynote address at National RES on March 11, in Las Vegas.
She bases much of the content for her presentations on the idea that each person is multi-faceted, a storehouse of talents and interests that too often get silenced in a misguided aim toward success.
“Inside of every person are gifts and talents that are going untapped. It’s my mission to bring that out because it’s a gift to the world and it belongs out there,” she says.
She conveys this key idea through several presentation themes. In “The Prism Effect,” for example, she points out that as businesspeople, we too often silence parts of ourselves that could otherwise provide opportunities to connect with others, especially clients. She uses the example of a businessperson who likes to play the drums, but who figures that’s incongruous with a professional image: “If you’re a salesperson, rather than just hiding that, why don’t you keep a pair of drumsticks on your desk?” Every once in a while, she says, a client will show up who also loves the drums or who has a relative who plays.
The 27th annual National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES) will be just as amazing as in past years, with inspiring and informative keynote addresses and panel discussions, and myriad networking possibilities for tribal businesses and their buyers. This year, those connections stand to happen with more power and purpose than ever before.
National RES is the signature event of the National Center for American Indian Economic Development (NCAIED), and the single largest Native American business conference of the year. It’s taking place March 11-14, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
This year, Native entrepreneurs will experience a major boost to the networking opportunities at National RES. In past years, the Procurement Pavilion was the place where buyers linked up with sellers; it was a separate function from the Business Trade Show. This year, the Pavilion has been redesigned as the Procurement Expo, and it’s been integrated into the Business Trade Show floor.
George Williams is the Procurement Expo Manager for RES, and Program Manager for NCAIED’s American Indian Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
“In ordinary matchmaking, generally you have one-on-one meetings, in a classroom setting,” he explains, “and then you have your trade show, where people walk around and meet you at your booth. In trade shows, you have no idea who’s gong to come up to your booth at any point in time. You’re really taking a big chance, just hoping people are going to take the initiative to come up and find you.”
But with the Procurement Expo integrated with the Business Trade Show, “we have the best of both worlds,” he says. Scheduled meetings between buyers and sellers will happen at the buyers’ booths, where materials and information are close at hand – and where the spirit of entrepreneurship fills the air.
Last year, 89 buying organizations sought goods and services from Native businesses at National RES. Buyers this year are expected to include, among others, the U.S. Departments of Army, Navy, Air Force, Interior, Homeland Security, and Energy as well as large prime contractors such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, IBM, NBC Universal, Turner Broadcasting and American Airlines.